3 REASONS CHRISTIAN RACE IS A TOUGH JOURNEY There was a missionary who spent many years walking round some villages in China, preaching the Gospel to


3 REASONS CHRISTIAN RACE IS A TOUGH JOURNEY
There was a missionary who spent many years walking round some villages in China, preaching the Gospel to everybody until he developed severe pains on the feet. His wife would wait and pray for him at home, asking God to give him harvest of souls which was the essence of the great sacrifices. By the time he returned home around evening, he would have been completely exhausted. He would walk slowly home because of the pains on his feet. She would warm some water and use it with oil to massage the feet that have done so much trekking for the Lord.
While massaging the feet one day, the missionary was glowing with joy despite the pains as he narrated how many natives gave their lives to Jesus Christ in different villages.
His wife was engulfed in emotion as she thought of the price he was paying to reach out to souls. Then she said, “honey, I am a blessed woman to have a husband like you. Your feet are not only beautiful to me but to the Lord Who said how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring good tidings (as in Isaiah 52:7).”
Three reasons Christian race is a tough journey are as follows:
1. The Road Is Rough: The only road Christians need to pass through in the journey is rough and always full of obstacles which are often designed by their enemies to bring them down. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” Thus Christians have to deny themselves of so many things like worldly pleasures and often times comfort, walking in the Spirit as in Galatians 5:16, before they can pass through this rough road.
2. The Kingdom Of God Cannot Be Possessed On The Platter Of Gold: Although Jesus Christ makes mankind to have access to heaven through His death on the cross of Calvary but all Christians have to go through lots of battles that are orchestrated by the enemies of their souls before they can possess the kingdom of God. That is the reason Jesus said in Matthew 11:12, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Thus Christians must put on the whole amour of God, according to Ephesians 6:11-12 which says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
3. All Christians Must Be Productive: Just like the missionary who was productive till the latter part of his life, all Christians must be productive through one way or the other. Anyone who is not productive risks losing his or her own salvation. Thus Jesus said in John 15:5-6, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” The Bible also indicates it that every Christian is called to do one thing or the other in 1 Corinthians 7:20. It says, “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.” The Bible also says in 2 Timothy1:9, “… Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
I pray that none of us will miss his or her callings and way to the kingdom of God in Jesus name.3 REASONS CHRISTIAN RACE IS A TOUGH JOURNEY
There was a missionary who spent many years walking round some villages in China, preaching the Gospel to everybody until he developed severe pains on the feet. His wife would wait and pray for him at home, asking God to give him harvest of souls which was the essence of the great sacrifices. By the time he returned home around evening, he would have been completely exhausted. He would walk slowly home because of the pains on his feet. She would warm some water and use it with oil to massage the feet that have done so much trekking for the Lord.
While massaging the feet one day, the missionary was glowing with joy despite the pains as he narrated how many natives gave their lives to Jesus Christ in different villages.
His wife was engulfed in emotion as she thought of the price he was paying to reach out to souls. Then she said, “honey, I am a blessed woman to have a husband like you. Your feet are not only beautiful to me but to the Lord Who said how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring good tidings (as in Isaiah 52:7).”
Three reasons Christian race is a tough journey are as follows:
1. The Road Is Rough: The only road Christians need to pass through in the journey is rough and always full of obstacles which are often designed by their enemies to bring them down. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” Thus Christians have to deny themselves of so many things like worldly pleasures and often times comfort, walking in the Spirit as in Galatians 5:16, before they can pass through this rough road.
2. The Kingdom Of God Cannot Be Possessed On The Platter Of Gold: Although Jesus Christ makes mankind to have access to heaven through His death on the cross of Calvary but all Christians have to go through lots of battles that are orchestrated by the enemies of their souls before they can possess the kingdom of God. That is the reason Jesus said in Matthew 11:12, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Thus Christians must put on the whole amour of God, according to Ephesians 6:11-12 which says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
3. All Christians Must Be Productive: Just like the missionary who was productive till the latter part of his life, all Christians must be productive through one way or the other. Anyone who is not productive risks losing his or her own salvation. Thus Jesus said in John 15:5-6, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” The Bible also indicates it that every Christian is called to do one thing or the other in 1 Corinthians 7:20. It says, “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.” The Bible also says in 2 Timothy1:9, “… Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
I pray that none of us will miss his or her callings and way to the kingdom of God in Jesus name.


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